Door in outer wall of La Bahia presidio. A presidio is a “fortified” mission. The fortification was against attacks indigenous peoples of North America, likely being mebers of theTonkawa and Comanche tribes.
La Bahía presidio* was reestablished in 1726 on the Guadalupe River near the site of present Mission Valley in Victoria County. In 1749 the mission was moved to the north bank of the San Antonio River near the site of present Goliad in Goliad County, Texas.
On March 27, 1836, Commander James Walker Fannin, Jr. (1804-1836) and the men under his command, during the Texas War of Independence from Mexico, were held and eventually executed at this site and buried in a mass grave very nearby. The Goliad Massacre, by which this was the designation given to this episode, was part of the cry of the Texas Army, “Remember Goliad! Remember the Alamo!”
Presidio La Bahía was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967.
some facts gathered from The Handbook of Texas Online – your best source for information regarding almost anything connected with the Lone Star State. Some were part of facts collected during our visit to the location.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Converted to grayscale from original color photo, cropped and straightened